As musicFIRST, the Future of Music Coalition and others like legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin in a recent New Yorker opinion arguing for Fair Play Fair Pay mention, the rise of Internet and satellite radio (which do pay performance rights in most cases) have complicated the marketplace and created uneven systems of compensation that give unfair economic advantage to larger commercial radio stations.
Music lovers everywhere: it’s time to tune in, turn the volume up, and celebrate because Thursday, August 20 is National Radio Day. This holiday has been celebrated since the early 1990s on Aug. 20, honoring the day the first news radio station, 8MK radio in Detroit was licensed by the FCC and went on the air in 1920. But this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet, as dozens of noncommercial stations across the country will be participating. And you can participate too by visiting www.nationalradioday.com. read more
With the many headlines that have been seen over the past couple years regarding streaming services and artist revenue-related topics, even the casual music fan and average U.S. citizen may have begun to wonder what is going on behind-the-scenes of the music business as it relates to these topics. […]
Kristin Thomson, the Co-Director of the US-based non-profit Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, has shared her perspective as representative of FMC which has covered the measure in depth: read more
Current copyright royalty formulas rest on a legal framework that dates back to the early part of last century, and “the time is ripe to question the existing paradigm,” U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante said in a 245-page February report on “Copyright and the Music Marketplace.”
The copyright board’s proceeding covers the bulk of payments to recording artists and labels made by Pandora and other digital music providers. By December, the board will decide Internet radio royalty rates through 2020.
Traditional AM and FM radio stations — such as KXMZ — are exempt from these royalties. read more
The Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015 (FPFPA), introduced as HR 1733 on April 13, is the latest congressional effort to rebalance the economics of music. Unlike satellite radio, digital broadcasters and even an AM/FM station’s own online simulcast, U.S. terrestrial radio is exempt from paying royalties on public performances of sound recordings. The legal fiction separating analog and digital plays creates a pay disparity for musicians.
Radio stations have to pay songwriters and music publishers, but not recording artists and labels. FPFPA, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps.